This post was updated on January 13, 2024
If you’re a cat lover, you know that keeping your feline friend safe and happy is a top priority. One way to do this is by building an outdoor enclosure, a safe outdoor space where your cat can enjoy the fresh air while staying protected from the dangers of the outside world. This post is all about what to put in a
What to Put in a
Creating safe space in your cat’s enclosed playground ensures they will have a secure, but stimulating outdoor experience. In order to make sure your cat’s
These are what we consider necessary
Cats love to climb, and perch, so providing them with a variety of elevated surfaces to explore is a must. Consider installing shelves, perches, and even cat trees to give your cat plenty of vertical space to play and relax.
WHAT TO PUT IN A
Giving your kitty cat all the
outdoor trimmings, safely!
Cats need access to fresh water at all times, so include a water bowl in your setup. Consider adding a fountain for added stimulation and hydration.
A water fountain or make shift pond is a super nice way to upgrade an enclosure, but any bowl with water will be enough for the must-have
There are several ways to get one installed; you can DIY or higher a
Other predators can also bust into a flimsy
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If your cat spends a significant amount of time in the
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Adding some greenery can be aesthetically pleasing and provide some mental stimulation for your cat. However, make sure to choose plants that are safe for cats, such as catnip, wheatgrass, and spider plants.
|Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
|Loved by cats, induces playful behavior
|Cat Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
|Aids in digestion, provides chewing outlet
|Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
|Air-purifying, safe for curious cats
|Pleasant scent, can be used for enrichment
|Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
|Fragrant, adds sensory stimulation
|Edible flowers, visually appealing
|Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
|Bright colors, safe for cats to explore
It’s important to note that even non-toxic plants may cause mild digestive upset if ingested in large quantities.
Providing your cat with toys to play with can make their outdoor experience even more enjoyable. Consider adding toys specifically designed for outdoor use, such as balls, tunnels, and scratching posts.
|Why Suitable for Outdoors
|Mimics natural prey, encourages hunting
|Provides vertical space, scratching surface
|Outdoor-friendly, cats enjoy chasing bubbles
|Lightweight, easy to bat around
|Engages cats in interactive play
|Offers hiding and exploration opportunities
|Encourages hydration, fun water play
Plastic toys are suitable for outdoors as they are durable, weather-resistant, and easy to clean. They can withstand exposure to elements like sunlight and rain, making them ideal for use in an outdoor
Consider choosing a color scheme for your
Use outdoor fabric that can withstand harsh sunlight, wind and rain.
If you plan on spending time with your cat in the
Adding some outdoor lighting can make the cat enclosure usable at all hours of the day or night. Consider adding string
Creating the ultimate outdoor cat enclosure for your cat can be a fun and rewarding project. By including must-haves like cat shelves and perches, a water bowl, and a safe enclosure, along with nice-to-haves like a litter box, cat-friendly plants, and outdoor cat toys, you can create a space that your cat will love. And by incorporating your decor preferences, you can make your
You can take this to the next level by styling it to match your aesthetic preferences.
One idea is to match your cat
Another option is to stick with a particular theme or style. For example, you could create a tropical-themed
When it comes to adding color, the possibilities are endless. Try adding colorful liners to your cat shelves or incorporating brightly colored toys and accessories. Around the holidays, you can decorate your
Overall, styling your
Adding things to your
This post is all about what to put in a
Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo adult cat and has had him since he was a baby kitten. Before her cat Finnegan, Lisa had had two FIV-positive cats for over a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure and a portable catio so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Lisa had a Poodle and a parakeet growing up. She currently loves to pet-sit for her neighbors’ dogs and cats.
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